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February 2010 Odd Wisconsin

Curling in Wisconsin

One of the stranger-looking Olympic sports on our televisions this week is curling, which has a proud Wisconsin heritage. After a long period during which curling nearly died out in America, the invention of ice-making in the 1930's revived the sport. A Wisconsin observer described it this way 60 years ago: "It consists of sliding a stone down a 139...
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Posted in Curiosities on February 22, 2010

Moonshine and Money

Before national prohibition was enacted in 1920, each Wisconsin community voted on whether or not to permit alcohol within its borders. Up north in Forest County, towns often voted dry to put on a proper moral front. It was a well-orchestrated farce, though, since residents counted on homemade liquor from outlying townships to be widely available. "Blind-pigs" (illegal saloons) could...
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Posted in Curiosities on February 10, 2010

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